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 Smallbelly catshark (Apristurus indicus)

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 Photo

Smallbelly catshark
No image of Smallbelly catshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

Earth Map


 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Ground sharks (Carcharhiniformes)
    Family: Catsharks (Scyliorhinidae)
      Genus: Apristurus (Apristurus)


 Name

Scientific: Apristurus indicus
German: Kleinbäuchiger Katzenhai
English: Smallbelly catshark
French: Holbiche artouca
Spanish: Pejegato indico


 Appearance

Relatively slender body, with a trunk that tapers slightly toward the head. Very broad, long, bell-shaped snout, (preoral snout about 9 to 10% of total body length). Small eyes (2 to 3% of total body length). Large nostrils. Origin of first dorsal fin lightly behind the midbases of the pelvic fins. Origin of second dorsal fin slightly in front of the insertion of the anal fin. Very long and high anal fin. Long and very narrow caudal fin.

 Coloration

Brownish to blackish. No conspicuous markings.

 Distribution

Western Indian Ocean: Somalia, Gulf of Aden, Oman.

 Biology

Little-known species. Lives in deepwater, close to bottom, at the slopes of the continental shelf between about 1300 to 1850 m.

 Feeding

Unknown.

 Size

Largest specimen was 34 cm, most likely larger, since this specimen was still immature.

 Reproduction

Unknown, but most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species of the same genus (Apristurus) have a similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish among them.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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